Syria Crisis: How can we go back to a Syria that no longer exists?

How can we go back to a Syria that no longer exists?

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Seven years after the Syria crisis began, women, children and men continue to bear the brunt of a conflict marked by enormous human suffering, relentless destruction and a blatant disregard for human rights.

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Syria: Civilians in urgent need as violence escalates in Ghouta

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“I can hear children crying as they listen to the thunderous shelling and mortars”. Moutaz Adham, Oxfam’s Country Director, Syria shares his view of the escalating Syrian crisis from on the ground in Damascus.

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Omar*, 13, from Daraa in Syria, flies a kite in Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. “Every time I fly my kite, I feel free,” he says. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

10 things you should never have to do in a refugee camp

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These refugees are living in camps or among local communities in Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Lebanon and Egypt. In total, 12 million Syrians – more than half of the pre-war population – are in need of humanitarian assistance for basics like food, water and shelter. They are trying their best to survive and live their lives despite the hardship and devastating impacts of the war still raging in their homeland.

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Syrian refugees fight to survive snowstorm in the Middle East

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Millions of Syrian refugees, many already struggling to cope through their third or fourth winter displaced from their homes, have been hit with new misery as unusually harsh winter storms and torrential rain sweep across the Middle East.

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Photo: Maya Hautefeuille

Berlin Conference on Syria refugee response must deliver as harsh winter approaches

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With over three million refugees now having crossed into countries around Syria, governments from around the world are gathering today in Berlin for a conference on the response to the refugee crisis. Everyone who needs to escape must be able to flee to safety from the conflict.

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Stand #WithSyria; demand an end to indiscriminate attacks

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This powerful new film from the #WithSyria campaign is nothing short of the real catastrophe that has been taking place for more than three years. Use your power to hold the UN Security Council to their word and help end the bombing of Syrian civilians.

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Photo: Maya Hautefeuille/Oxfam

Millions of Syrian refugees abandoned

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Despite being the largest humanitarian crisis in the world, the international response to the Syria Crisis is failing. Three and a half years on, the generosity of neighbouring countries such as Lebanon and Jordan is at breaking point, and refugees and poor communities are paying the price.

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Photo: Maya Hautefeuille

A letter from Lebanon for Eid

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This week marks Eid, the important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide that brings to an end the Islamic holy month of fasting, Ramadan. This is a bitter sweet celebration for millions of people as conflict continues across the Middle East.

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Photo: Sam Tarling/Oxfam

Why we left Syria

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Ayad came home from work that day to find his children crawling on the floor, unable to walk. When he found out what had happened, he knew in that moment they had to leave Syria. He couldn’t bear the idea of anything else happening to his children. Nawal and the children packed up their things and began the long journey to Lebanon.

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Photo: Anastasia Taylor-Lind/Oxfam

What does it feel like to be a refugee?

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What does it feel like to be a refugee, forced to flee to an unfamiliar country and dependent on humanitarian assistance to survive? How do you know where to turn, who to trust for accurate information and how to meet the basic needs of your family?

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Snakes and Ladders on World Refugee Day

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How you would cope as a Syrian refugee in Lebanon? Nour*, 45, works at a school in northern Lebanon. The nursery school continued to run classes for Lebanese children and Syrian refugees despite being on the front line of a long-running conflict between neighbourhoods. Fighting has intensified in recent years, mirroring the Syrian crisis just […]

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Geneva II peace talks: where are the voices of Syrian women?

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There is something almost surreal about the setting for the Syrian peace talks taking place in Switzerland this week. Montreux is breathtakingly beautiful, the snow-topped Swiss Alps rising starkly over Lake Geneva. Yet this is where world leaders are to decide the fate of Syria and to try and end the brutal war which has […]

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Syria peace talks begin at last, but Syrian civil society and women sidelined

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After months of postponements, the long-awaited Geneva II Conference to find a political solution to the crisis in Syria began yesterday in Montreux, Swtizerland. At the end of the first day of the conference, Oxfam’s Humanitarian Policy Advisor Shaheen Chughtai gave a wrap up of progress so far.    It took a monumental diplomatic effort […]

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A time for hope for Syria

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Oxfam campaigners are amongst the hundreds of diplomats, journalists, civil society and solidarity groups gathering for the beginning of the long awaited ‘Geneva 2’ peace talks for Syria in the tranquil town of Montreaux, on Lake Geneva in Switzerland. Police are patrolling the edges of a security fence which rings the buildings where the talks […]

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A New Year’s Resolution for Syria

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2013 was an immensely difficult year for the people of Syria, the most devastating in a conflict now almost three years long. You can take action now to help people affected by the violence. This time last year, around 500,000 refugees had fled Syria to neighbouring countries. Now, this has more than quadrupled to an […]

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Moment of truth for Syria

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It’s rare to see a diplomatic breakthrough in the Middle East but in the last few weeks, we’ve had some glimmers of hope for Syria. Efforts by the United States and Russia to rid Syria of all its chemical weapons, as well as calling for a second Geneva peace conference next month to find a […]

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Oxfam Raises Awareness of Children in Informal Settlements in Creative Ways

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The Voice team accompanied a group of Oxfam’s team working in informal settlements inhabited by Syrian refugees in an area called ‘Al Lubban’ on the Airport road in the capital Amman. The team provides exercises for children including games and activities which aim at teaching them how to raise the awareness on health issues and […]

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Oxfam: Helping over 200,000 Syrian Refugees

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Almost 1.8 million people have already fled Syria due to ongoing violence. Za’atari, the largest refugee camp in the region, is now home to over 100,000 Syrian refugees. Due to the generosity of Oxfam’s supporters, Oxfam has been able to provide assistance to over 200,000 people across the region. Oxfam is working in the Za’atari […]

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Interactive Map of Za’atari: tent city home to 120,000

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By the end of August, more than 2 million people will have fled their homes due to violence in Syria. With so many people seeking refuge, without permanent homes, this is one of the largest humanitarian crises the world has faced. With 1.8 million people already fleeing Syria, neighboring countries Jordan and Lebanon have become […]

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Australian Government increases aid for Syrian Crisis

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The Australian Government has announced that they will be contributing an additional $21.5 million in humanitarian assistance for people affected by the conflict in Syria. This will make a dramatic difference for millions of people. Thank you to everyone who wrote a letter to Foreign Minister Bob Carr and Minister for International Development Melissa Parke. […]

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Khadija

Syria crisis: ‘Your work lifts us from darkness into light’

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Khadija, who chose to give us a false name and cover her face for fear of reprisals when she returns to Syria, fled to Lebanon two months before this picture was taken on May 4, 2013, after being displaced numerous times within Syria by fighting between opposition and regime forces. She now lives in a […]

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